TEDx Arcadia University

Join Honors Program students in exploring the theme “Beyond the Mask” with multiple ideas and presentations through this virtual event on April 14, 5:30 to 8 p.m. EST!

Beyond the Mask Speakers

What is there to see beyond your mask? Beyond others? Our speakers will dive into the topics of societal norms, criminal and social justice, and more in our sixth and FINAL TEDx event!

David L. Garlock is a successful returning citizen, reentry professional, and criminal justice reform advocate.  David and his brother received 25-year sentences in Alabama after taking the life of their abuser.  A client of Equal Justice Initiative, he was released on parole in 2013 after serving more than 13 years and pursuing several educational opportunities while incarcerated.  He subsequently obtained his bachelor's degree from Eastern University and is the PA State Organizer for Straight Ahead Org, a grassroots organization that is working to abolish Life Without Parole sentences. He is also on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Rational Sex Offender Laws, working to abolish the sex offender registry.

He enjoys educating the next generation of criminal justice professionals on rehabilitation and advocating in various spheres for an effective and equitable justice system.  He is a writer and frequent speaker at colleges and universities, criminal and social justice conferences, and community events.  David resides in Coatesville, PA with his wife and son, where they are dedicated to serving with their local church, Freedom Life.

David Garlock

David L. Garlock is a successful returning citizen, reentry professional, and criminal justice reform advocate.  David and his brother received 25-year sentences in Alabama after taking the life of their abuser.  A client of Equal Justice Initiative, he was released on parole in 2013 after serving more than 13 years and pursuing several educational opportunities while incarcerated.  He subsequently obtained his bachelor's degree from Eastern University and is the PA State Organizer for Straight Ahead Org, a grassroots organization that is working to abolish Life Without Parole sentences. He is also on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Rational Sex Offender Laws, working to abolish the sex offender registry.

He enjoys educating the next generation of criminal justice professionals on rehabilitation and advocating in various spheres for an effective and equitable justice system.  He is a writer and frequent speaker at colleges and universities, criminal and social justice conferences, and community events.  David resides in Coatesville, PA with his wife and son, where they are dedicated to serving with their local church, Freedom Life.

Iliana Correa is a junior at Arcadia University majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Sociology. She was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa, where she currently still resides, although she hopes to travel the world. She has a passion for teaching which she only discovered while tutoring General Chemistry in college. She aspires to receive her PhD in Chemical Education and then teach Chemistry, preferably General Chemistry, at a university or high school. Iliana decided to minor in Sociology because of an intro course she took in high school. Her love for researching how society shapes lives, and why societal norms came to be lead her to her TEDx topic. She enjoys asking “Why?”, but her findings leave her with more questions than answers. Solving puzzles and reading books helps her procrastinate her college work while also grounding her in the crazy world we live in.

Iliana Correa

Iliana Correa is a junior at Arcadia University majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Sociology. She was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa, where she currently still resides, although she hopes to travel the world. She has a passion for teaching which she only discovered while tutoring General Chemistry in college. She aspires to receive her PhD in Chemical Education and then teach Chemistry, preferably General Chemistry, at a university or high school. Iliana decided to minor in Sociology because of an intro course she took in high school. Her love for researching how society shapes lives, and why societal norms came to be lead her to her TEDx topic. She enjoys asking “Why?”, but her findings leave her with more questions than answers. Solving puzzles and reading books helps her procrastinate her college work while also grounding her in the crazy world we live in.

Emma Barrera (she/her) is the CEO of Right Hand Glam, The Engagement Agency. Our mission is to provide organic social media solutions for women-owned businesses that are rooted in genuine connection & growth.

Right Hand Glam is a big, bold presence in the social media space. With a deep passion for empowering women to build their dream lives and businesses in an authentic, fearless way, we’re willing to break the mold and the rules to do what they do best.

Outside the biz, Emma is a fierce mental health advocate, a stereotypical theatre kid, and can often be found jamming out to Stevie Nicks with an oat milk latte in hand. She lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia (Go Birds!) with her partner Luke, and their two cats, Beans & Nala. Emma is a 2019 Graduate of Temple University.

Emma Barrera

Emma Barrera (she/her) is the CEO of Right Hand Glam, The Engagement Agency. Our mission is to provide organic social media solutions for women-owned businesses that are rooted in genuine connection & growth.

Right Hand Glam is a big, bold presence in the social media space. With a deep passion for empowering women to build their dream lives and businesses in an authentic, fearless way, we’re willing to break the mold and the rules to do what they do best.

Outside the biz, Emma is a fierce mental health advocate, a stereotypical theatre kid, and can often be found jamming out to Stevie Nicks with an oat milk latte in hand. She lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia (Go Birds!) with her partner Luke, and their two cats, Beans & Nala. Emma is a 2019 Graduate of Temple University.

Helene Klein is the Assistant Dean of Honors and Accelerated Programs at Arcadia University.  Helene started at Arcadia 22 years ago, and has been the director of the Honors Program for the last 13 years ago. The current program has a deep focus on demystifying leadership;making it something we can all attain simply by appreciating the best of ourselves and bringing that knowledge to bear on teams. Moreover, Helene believes that teams are best served when students of all ages are taught to develop cognitive empathy to deepen trust and connection. 

Helene graduated from Muhlenberg College in 1989, got her law degree from Widener University School of Law in 1992 and received a Masters of Education from Arcadia in 2000. 

Helene is so honored to be part of this Arcadia TEDx tradition that so many amazing students over the years have worked tirelessly to create, and she is deeply grateful to the incredible Celeste Walker for her dedication in bringing this wonderful opportunity to the program and the wider community.

Helene Klein

Helene Klein is the Assistant Dean of Honors and Accelerated Programs at Arcadia University.  Helene started at Arcadia 22 years ago, and has been the director of the Honors Program for the last 13 years ago. The current program has a deep focus on demystifying leadership;making it something we can all attain simply by appreciating the best of ourselves and bringing that knowledge to bear on teams. Moreover, Helene believes that teams are best served when students of all ages are taught to develop cognitive empathy to deepen trust and connection. 

Helene graduated from Muhlenberg College in 1989, got her law degree from Widener University School of Law in 1992 and received a Masters of Education from Arcadia in 2000. 

Helene is so honored to be part of this Arcadia TEDx tradition that so many amazing students over the years have worked tirelessly to create, and she is deeply grateful to the incredible Celeste Walker for her dedication in bringing this wonderful opportunity to the program and the wider community.

CJ (He/We) is a conjure artist, performance poet, and biomythographer born and raised in Philadelphia. He is a student of Africana folkways and creates public offerings and narrative work which focus on themes such as communal healing, re/membering and collective power. He spent his undergraduate years at Stanford University where he explored the power of ritual theater in his multimedia performance album, We Real Cool: Visions of a Black Son. He is now finishing his Master’s in Media Studies and Production at Temple University, where he studies the work of Black feminist and womanist thinkers for routes to new ways of being and knowing. His current work, Orphan: A Biomythography in Verse and Ritual, seeks to uncover alternative mythological and spiritual identities for Black men and boys.

CJ Wattley

CJ (He/We) is a conjure artist, performance poet, and biomythographer born and raised in Philadelphia. He is a student of Africana folkways and creates public offerings and narrative work which focus on themes such as communal healing, re/membering and collective power. He spent his undergraduate years at Stanford University where he explored the power of ritual theater in his multimedia performance album, We Real Cool: Visions of a Black Son. He is now finishing his Master’s in Media Studies and Production at Temple University, where he studies the work of Black feminist and womanist thinkers for routes to new ways of being and knowing. His current work, Orphan: A Biomythography in Verse and Ritual, seeks to uncover alternative mythological and spiritual identities for Black men and boys.

Jan Harris is a resident of Abington, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Abington High School in 1977 and has lived and worked here ever since. Jan Harris worked as a Dental office manager for thirty years. While working there, she started volunteering at the Abington Police Department after going through a traumatic event in 1993. Because of her hard work, she was offered a part-time position, which turned into a full-time offer four years ago. Because of her trauma, Jan is an advocate for victims of crime. She has one son in the Army, he lives with his wife and her two granddaughters in Kansas. Jan is deeply rooted in her faith, and when Jan is not working, she enjoys vacationing at the Jersey shore, freshwater fishing, knitting, and the company of her adorable cat, Rue.

Jan Harris

Jan Harris is a resident of Abington, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Abington High School in 1977 and has lived and worked here ever since. Jan Harris worked as a Dental office manager for thirty years. While working there, she started volunteering at the Abington Police Department after going through a traumatic event in 1993. Because of her hard work, she was offered a part-time position, which turned into a full-time offer four years ago. Because of her trauma, Jan is an advocate for victims of crime. She has one son in the Army, he lives with his wife and her two granddaughters in Kansas. Jan is deeply rooted in her faith, and when Jan is not working, she enjoys vacationing at the Jersey shore, freshwater fishing, knitting, and the company of her adorable cat, Rue.

Beyond the Mask Artists

Our event will also include artists who will bring a diverse array of talent to the table including poetry, dancing, and singing!

Lizzy Hilliard is a 21-year-old singer-songwriter from the Philadelphia area. In the 10 years she's been writing, Lizzy has written hundreds of songs and independently produced many of them from her bedroom, releasing them on online streaming platforms. She writes music for every situation, with songs ranging from fun and quirky to sincere and meaningful, and she is known for her smart, relatable lyrics and soothing harmonies. This past year, she was the third-place winner at the Red Lodge Songwriting Festival. Lizzy has built a fanbase on TikTok, posting short interludes about everyday situations and playing weekly live concerts of her original songs. Her music borrows from several genres - including folk, pop, rock, indie, and singer-songwriter - and her new album, growth vol. 2, is out now. Lizzy will graduate with a BA from Brandeis University in May this year, with majors in Music and Theater and a minor in English. For more information, visit lizzyhilliard.com.

Lizzy Hilliard

Lizzy Hilliard is a 21-year-old singer-songwriter from the Philadelphia area. In the 10 years she's been writing, Lizzy has written hundreds of songs and independently produced many of them from her bedroom, releasing them on online streaming platforms. She writes music for every situation, with songs ranging from fun and quirky to sincere and meaningful, and she is known for her smart, relatable lyrics and soothing harmonies. This past year, she was the third-place winner at the Red Lodge Songwriting Festival. Lizzy has built a fanbase on TikTok, posting short interludes about everyday situations and playing weekly live concerts of her original songs. Her music borrows from several genres - including folk, pop, rock, indie, and singer-songwriter - and her new album, growth vol. 2, is out now. Lizzy will graduate with a BA from Brandeis University in May this year, with majors in Music and Theater and a minor in English. For more information, visit lizzyhilliard.com.

Jocelyn Royal is a sophomore Pre-Forensic Science Biology student. She aims to be a forensic lab technician, but despite her scientific pursuits, she has a profound love for creative writing. She's previously been published in Quiddity, the Arcadia University Literary Magazine, and has read her poems at small events throughout high school and college.

Jocelyn Royal

Jocelyn Royal is a sophomore Pre-Forensic Science Biology student. She aims to be a forensic lab technician, but despite her scientific pursuits, she has a profound love for creative writing. She's previously been published in Quiddity, the Arcadia University Literary Magazine, and has read her poems at small events throughout high school and college.

Ryan Hiemenz is a Junior Media and Communications major with a minor in Creative Writing. He works for many different publications on and around Arcadia University, both writing and editing in various styles. This year, he is the president of Arcadia's English Honors Society, Sigma Tau Delta, the Poetry Editor for Arcadia's Quiddity Literary Magazine, and the copyeditor of Loco Mag. More personally, he is a huge fan of all things horror, spending much of his free time watching, reading, and writing things from the genre. Over the summer, he even self published a horror poetry chapbook called Fearing Fiction, and he loves to build on the stories in that book!

Ryan Hiemenz

Ryan Hiemenz is a Junior Media and Communications major with a minor in Creative Writing. He works for many different publications on and around Arcadia University, both writing and editing in various styles. This year, he is the president of Arcadia's English Honors Society, Sigma Tau Delta, the Poetry Editor for Arcadia's Quiddity Literary Magazine, and the copyeditor of Loco Mag. More personally, he is a huge fan of all things horror, spending much of his free time watching, reading, and writing things from the genre. Over the summer, he even self published a horror poetry chapbook called Fearing Fiction, and he loves to build on the stories in that book!

Jordan Alexis Cruz is a current freshman at the University of Utah within the Musical Theatre Program. Before going to Utah, Jordan attended the prestigious Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA), working with Broadway greats, such as Jared Gertner and Jessica Vosk. She has also had the opportunity to work on over 100 productions ranging from large-scale musicals to dance competitions to even music videos. Throughout her theatre career, Jordan has accumulated over 16 years of dance training in ballet, hip-hop, jazz, and lyrical, but specializes specifically in tap. Away from the arts, Jordan can be found roller skating, hanging out with friends, or playing board games with her family.

Jordan Cruz

Jordan Alexis Cruz is a current freshman at the University of Utah within the Musical Theatre Program. Before going to Utah, Jordan attended the prestigious Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA), working with Broadway greats, such as Jared Gertner and Jessica Vosk. She has also had the opportunity to work on over 100 productions ranging from large-scale musicals to dance competitions to even music videos. Throughout her theatre career, Jordan has accumulated over 16 years of dance training in ballet, hip-hop, jazz, and lyrical, but specializes specifically in tap. Away from the arts, Jordan can be found roller skating, hanging out with friends, or playing board games with her family.

TEDx Arcadia University is a course offered to Honors Program students, organized by Professor Celeste Walker.

Our Organizing Team

Celeste M. Walker is an actor, director and educator, with a BFA from Kutztown University and an MFA in Acting from The Actor’s Studio Drama School at the New School University in New York. She is a lifetime member of The Actors Studio and a member of Actors Equity. Ms. Walker is an Adjunct Professor of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies at Arcadia University and an Adjunct Professor of Speech at Montgomery County Community College. She serves as the Adjunct Representative on Arcadia University’s Faculty Senate. Celeste has developed and teaches innovative interdisciplinary curriculum at Arcadia University. Some of these include: Inside-Out: Acting Behind the Walls; Laughing Matters, Shakespeare on Stage with Seniors; Radical Arts: The Study and Practice of the Arts for Social Change; Italy on Film (Honors travel course to Rome) and Italiano Americano: Philly Style.

Co-Organizers

Ryan Bealer
Iliana Correa
Marie Corrie
Patrick Ensmenger
Michelle Frank

  

Madi Manzinger
Emily Myers
Julia Stephens
Ripken Wellikson

Questions?

Contact Us

Celeste Walker
(610) 442-0661
walkerc@arcadia.edu